Making a Marsh Stool
To keep yourself from sinking too deeply in a marsh, modify your seat. You'll need a lightweight folding chair, a plywood square cut just larger than the chair's footprint, and 3 feet of strong elastic cord. 1. ** Drill two holes the diameter of the cord near one edge of the board. Place them slightly farther apart than the front chair legs. On the opposite edge, cut slots into the wood, slightly farther apart than the back legs. **2. Pass the end of the cord through one of the holes and tie an overhand knot so that it can't slip back through. Run the cord over the board and down through the opposite slot, then under the board and up through the other slot, and finally back across the top of the board. Pull the free end through the other drilled hole. Stretch the elastic for a tight fit and tie an overhand knot. **3. ** Release the cord from the slots. Put the stool on the board and draw the cord through the legs and back into the slots. Tension will keep the stool on the board (you can also grind grooves in the board to help secure the legs). The flat board will keep you afloat. -K.M.